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*** Due to popular demand the closing date for entries to the Farm Business Idea Awards for Offaly & Westmeath has been extended to Friday 20th January 2012 ***

Are you a farmer with a new and innovative business idea? Do you want to gain recognition for yourself and your business? Are you looking at job creation on the farm for you and your family? Do you want a share in a €7,000 prize fund? If you answered yes, then read on!

The Westmeath/Offaly Farm Business Idea awards competition is an initiative of the Offaly Local Development Company and Westmeath Community Development to promote and nurture entrepreneurship amongst farming communities.

The awards celebrate the achievements, innovations and hard work which go into new farming businesses and farm business ideas.  Entering the competition will give you and your family the recognition you deserve and possible doors to new industry contacts and clients, plus PR and marketing for your business.  The awards are free to enter and have 1st place cash prizes up to €1,000 plus mentoring and business support worth €1,000.   There are also 2nd and 3rd prizes in each County.

Farmers in receipt of the Single Farm payment are invited to submit a proposal for a new business idea or for a business that is no more than one year in existence.  Supports can be put in place to aid new businesses to extend their business idea.  Applicants must live in Offaly or Westmeath and be available to come and discuss the idea with a panel of adjudicators.

A number of local businesses have kindly sponsored the prizes in the competition.

*** Due to popular demand the closing date for entries to the Farm Business Idea Awards for Offaly & Westmeath has been extended to Friday 20th January 2012 ***

Download competition entry form by clicking here (PDF)

Download competition entry form by clicking here (MS Word)

For further information and an Application Form, please contact Roisin Lennon, Offaly Local Development Company on 057 93 22850 or email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or Seamus Kerans, Westmeath Community Development Ltd on 09064 94555 or email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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